Students locked out of buildings
Students are once again being locked out of some Richland College buildings on weekend evenings.
Those students who arrive between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays usually find the campus building doors unlocked. Others arriving later usually find the doors locked.
They must knock on the buildings doors in order to attract the attention of someone inside to open them. On some occasions, students have had to call the Richland College police to gain entrance to a building. Both students and police officers must interrupt what they are doing to open a door that should automatically be unlocked until the campus closes.
The doors on the campus buildings have
magnetic locks that are controlled by the facilities department, according to the college director of facilities management, Eddie Hueston.
Before the spring break, Patricia
Villacin, historian of the Student Government
Association, said a student complained about the recurring problem of the building doors being locked on Sunday evenings. The following Sunday the doors of the campus buildings remained unlocked until closing time. However, the Sunday after that,
students again found the building doors locked.
Unlike other organizations that post their hours of operation on their entrance doors, Richland does not do this except when the entire campus is closed down, usually for holidays and inclement weather. On these occasions, the dates and times the campus buildings are closed are posted on the doors.
Hueston wrote in an email, "The Richland College campus is closed on Sundays with the exception of scheduled classes and special events." He wrote, "Unless a building is scheduled to be open, minimal lighting and heating/ventilation/air conditioning remain operational. This conservation of energy is one of the methods by which Richland College addresses state funding
reductions and aligns with our commitment to our mission and vision of teaching, learning and building sustainable community."
This may come as news to the dozens of students who use the campus buildings to study, complete homework assignments and access the internet via the wireless web network on Sundays. Students are simply requesting that the buildings be
unlocked until 11 p.m. when the campus closes.
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